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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:28:57 +0000

 



France is great in winter; here are 10 reasons...

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Planning a trip to France in the winter? It's a great time to visit, so here's what to expect. All you need to know from cheap airfares to winter sports, fun festivals and Christmas fairs.



The Best Nudist Beaches and Naturist Resorts in...

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France has the best smart and stylish naturist resorts, and the coastline and weather. Discover the best naturist and nudism resorts in France.



Check out the best Christmas Markets in France

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Christmas markets bring a wonderful sparkle to cities and towns throughout France. Here are the 2016-2017 dates for the top French Christmas Markets.



North France Christmas Markets; easy to get to...

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North France is famous for its Christmas Markets with plenty of Brits stocking up for the holiday season. Here are the region's top markets to visit.



Plan a trip to France in February and check out...

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France in February can be beautiful, and whatever you choose it to be. Ski in the famous resorts; take in the carnivals and shop for bargains in the annual sales.



Pictures of Paris at Christmas when the city...

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Picture gallery of Paris in the magical Christmas season, with streets decked with lights, skaters by the Hotel de Ville and Christmas markets



Do You Need to Tip at Restaurants in France and...

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When at a Paris cafe or restaurant, to tip or not to tip? Here's a guide on tipping at restaurants, in taxis, at hotels and more in Paris and France.



Cap d'Agde's Naturist Quarter: A Village with...

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Cap d'Agde's Naturist Quarter is a nudist village unto itself, with its own grocery stores, bank, bakeries, nightclubs, yacht harbor and more.



Do you know the main mountain ranges of France?...

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There are 7 main mountain ranges of France, running from the mighty Alps to the granite Morvan in Burgundy. All are both winter and summer playgrounds.



How to Take a 9-Stop Tour of the South of France

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The South of France is a relaxing and beautiful place, an amazing mix of large cities, coastal towns and hilltop villages. This tour itinerary takes you through the best of the region.



What's the Weather Like in France? A Regional...

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Weather in France can be crucial to your vacation. Get detailed weather data on major French cities to plan your trip including rainfall, snow and temperatures..



A great Christmas in France which celebrates in...

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Discover how the French celebrate Christmas, a traditional event that starts with Christmas markets and ends with Epiphany in January.



Your first trip to France? Here's what to avoid!

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In planning your first trip to France, here are seven things to avoid that might make your visit less enjoyable.



How to Order Coffee in France

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The language barrier might prevent you from ordering the right coffee on the menu. Find out how to order coffee in France, be it a cafe au lait or espresso.



Is Cap d'Agde the World Capital of Nudism?

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Want to bank naked? Shop naked? Dine naked? Buy baguettes at a brasserie naked? Visit Cap d'Agde, the world's capital of nudism.



Read these handy tips on the euros vs. dollar...

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Any trip to France means considering the issue of euro vs. dollar for American travellers. So read this in advance and you might save enough for that top hotel and Michelin meals.



The Do's and Don'ts of exchanging money in France

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If you visit France one thing is certain: you'll be spending money. Make sure you get the most bang for your euro by following these DOs and DON'Ts to exchange euros.



See April in France with this guide to spring...

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April is a wonderful month to visit France. Check out this guide to the weather, what to pack, and what to see as Spring arrives in France.



What to Expect from France in March: Weather,...

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March can be the last chance until fall to visit France on a budget. Here's a guide to weather, events and celebrations in March.



Top Attractions in Provence from gorges to abbeys

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Discover the top ten sites in Provence. See Roman marvels, the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and national parks, river gorges and abbeys set in peaceful fields of lavender.



French Customs Regulations You Must Know before...

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When entering France, there is a limit on items tourists can bring into the country without paying a duty. Here are some tips on customs regulations in France.



The City of Strasbourg: A Little German, a...

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Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries.



Savings tips for that great French vacation

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Try these saving tips for a budget stay in France. Check out lodging options, dining options, City Passes and public transport.



TGV Train Route Map and Destinations in France

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Check the TGV route map for destinations and times to major cities in France. The TGV high-speed train serves most major cities of France. It also connects with express and local trains and connects to other European countries.



10 Myths About the French (Hint: Not Everyone...

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There are plenty of stereotypes about the French but don't be fooled by myths and urban legends. Here's the list of some of the most popular, and counter-claims from us.



Here's a guide to the 10 Top Attractions and...

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Top 10 Nice attractions from the Promenade des Anglais to the Matisse Museum. Nice is a fabulous city to visit all year round.



French Etiquette: Dinner Party Dos and Don'ts

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There are several differences between the French table manners and eating habits and American dinner etiquette. Here is a comparison.



Vacation Packing Checklist for France:...

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Consult this essential vacation packing checklist before your trip so you don't leave home without crucial items. Print it out and tick items off as you pack.



Travel Packing List - What to Pack for a France...

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Make that next trip to France (or elsewhere in Europe) go as smoothly as possible. These are items that you simply must have before hitting France. Check this travel packing list of what to pack for a France trip.



Take this great West France tour with a ferry...

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This west France tour takes in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and the Dordogne. It's a wonderful week with a short cruise and a drive one way.



The Longest Rivers of France - all 5 of them

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France has beautiful rivers flowing through its towns and villages. The longest rivers flow into the sea. Here are the top five, plus a few more.



The Ile St-Louis is a quiet oasis, an island in...

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The quaint Ile Saint-Louis is a delightful island next to the Ile de la Cite. It's a wonderful oasis from the rush of the city, full of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. And it has its own ice cream.



France in May: Gorgeous Views, Weather, and So...

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May is a wonderful month to visit France. Here is a guide to events, festivals and activities to keep visitors busy, including the Cannes Film Festival.



France in January is for skiing, winter sales...

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Visit France in January when half the country celebrates the ski season in the glorious, snow-covered Alps and the other half enjoys the semi-annual sales.



6 Simple Steps to Getting Naked in France: A...

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Go naked or topless in France where it's the norm on many beaches. Find out what you need to know before you expose all in this bare-skin-friendly country.



Top 10 Things to Do on the French Riviera

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The French Riviera on the Mediterranean Cote d'Azur coast is one of the most popular visitor destinations in France. It's easy to see why.



Spa hotels in France are great, but check out...

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There are dozens of spas in France, from upscale spa resorts to charming small spa towns and villages. Some are expensive; others very reasonable.



How to use the toilets in France; they're...

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Using a toilet may seem the simplest of tasks, but French plumbing can catch you out. Find out what forms the johns take, how to flush, how much it might cost and more.



Expensive & Not-So-Expensive French...

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Here's a list of the best authentic French champagnes for every budget. You'll be set for the holidays, New Year's Eve, celebrations or just for fun.



Make a France-themed gift basket, please your...

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If you know a francophile, delight him or her with a great France-themed gift basket. Here are step-by-step instructions, including links to compare prices on suggested items to use.



Plan your trip to France and Paris in December

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France in December is a magical time with Christmas markets, sparkling streets and outdoor skating rinks. The skiing seasons starts and New Years Eve is a party.



Check out December events in France in 2015

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France in December is magical with bright lights, sparkling shop windows and those famous Christmas markets. It's also the start of the skiing season.



Limoux: Home of Blanquette, the Real First...

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Limoux is a lovely small town in the heart of southern France's Cathar country. And it's where Blanquette was invented, the first sparkling wine before Champagne.



Paris is the great romantic city for lovers

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Romantic Paris is one of the best cities in the world for couples and lovers. Find out the best spots to stay, eat, kiss and love your sweetheart.



What time do things open (and shut) in France?

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When in France, do as the French. If you know the hours of shops, museums, attractions and restaurants you won't be caught out. Use this guide to typical opening hours.



Top 10 Underrated Destinations in France you...

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You'll find your own remote, undiscovered places, but here's my selections of the most underrated destinations in France, starting with the Auvergne.



Top Roman Cities and Ancient Sites in France

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Roman France or Gaul was vitally important to the ancient Roman Empire. The ancient Romans built magnificent cities and left superb engineering works. Here is my list of the top Roman sites.



If you like going naked, book into Hotel Eve on...

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Hotel Eve is the only hotel in Cap d'Agde's popular naturist quarter. The hotel has renovated rooms and suites, heated pool, super-friendly staff, and a spa. Here are the pros and cons of this nudist lodging.



The Pont du Gard is one of the great sites of...

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Visit the Pont du Gard, one of the great sites of France, a Roman aqueduct taking water from Uzes to Nimes via an underground canal and this magnificent bridge.



Why the French Are So Thin

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The French eat rich foods, drink lots of wine and smoke. So why are they so thin and fit? Find out about the French diet, and the secrets to why it works.



Largest cities in France start with Paris

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The largest French cities run from most-visited Paris to the Mediterranean city of Nice to the German-influenced Strasbourg. Here is a list of the largest French cities.



Enjoy the Louve Museum without getting lost:...

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The Louvre Museum in Paris is immense and the most visited art museum in the world. Find out how to get the most out of a visit to the Louvre with this guide.



Languedoc-Roussillon is beautiful and less...

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Languedoc-Roussillon Region is an undiscovered gem with breathtaking coastline, some of France's best cuisine, rich medieval history and amazing architecture.



The Ultimate Guide to Bargain Shopping in France

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France is a bargain shopper's paradise if you know what to look for. Try the major outlet and discount malls dotted all round France, flea markets and local sales.



Pigalle Place: Paris's Risque Red Light District

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Get naughty in Paris. Visit the notorious Pigalle Place, the former red light district, epicenter of sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs and the Moulin Rouge.



Some of the bad aspects of visiting France; but...

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France is a wonderful country to visit. But be prepared for the bad, the ugly and the smelly before your visit. Find out all the gory details to avoid.



France for Foodies

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France is a paradise for foodies. Between the two weekly markets, the Monoprix, Intermarché, and Ed grocery stores within a fifteen-minute walk, and the big WalMart-esque Carrefour store a short bus ride away, I have greatly enjoyed grocery shopping in France.



Top 20 Most Popular French Cities for...

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Top 20 most popular French Cities for international visitors begins with Paris. The capital, the city of light, is one of the world's favorite destinations.



Nice Carnival is one of the oldest in the world

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Nice Carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in the world. It's a glorious 12-day party taking over the Queen of the Riviera. Different days from February 11 to 26, 2017.



Paris Moulin Rouge Tickets and Packages

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The Moulin Rouge cabaret show is easily one of Paris' most famous nightlife activities, but tickets can be hard to get. Here are various tickets and packages.



The Best Reasons to Visit France in September

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France in September is a glorious month with less crowds and great weather. Here's a guide to what to see, what to pack and what the weather might do.



New Year's Eve in Paris and other French Cities

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The French really know how to celebrate New Year's, whether it's clubbing in Paris or the sublime midnight grape-picking event in the Midi Pyrenees. Find out how to plan a New Year's Eve visit to France, and which events and festivals are planned for the turn of the new year.



Why France in June is a Great Time to Visit

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June is a wonderful time to visit France with fewer crowds, beautiful weather, and great events. Find out more about visiting France in June.



Six Art Museums in and Around Nice, France

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A visitor's guide to the top artists museums in and around Nice from Renoir to Chagall, plus suggestions of nearby restaurants.



The Top 6 Things to Do in Antibes in the South...

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Guide to the top 6 things to do in Antibes from a walk through the old town to the Provencal market, from the Cap d'Antibes to Marineland and more.



Troyes is romantic, medieval and has great...

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Troyes is a well-preserved medieval town with old streets of restored, colorful half-timbered houses. It's easy to get to and has small historic hotels.



Disgusting to us, delicacies to the French. Try...

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10 French foods most of us consider disgusting but the French consider as delicacies. You should try them once; you might become very French in your tastes.



Winter sightseeing in the Loire Valley chateaux

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The magnificent castles or chateaux that line the mighty River Loire are a major attraction in summer. But happily, some stay open in the winter as well. And in winter, you have the rooms to yourselves so you feel the ghosts of the great figures of the past walking beside you through the echoing, empty rooms. Here are four of the most magnificent that remain open.



The Mediterranean cities from Marseille to...

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Perpignan, near the Spanish border, is also part of Catalonia, the region that takes in both France and Spain. With its distinct identity, Perpignan is different from the other Mediterranean cities.



Cost of hotels in France explained

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Cost of Travel Accommodation in France. Check out this Hotel Price Guide when you book your accommodation in France.



Take this 3-day suggested itinerary in Nice to...

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This 3-day Nice itinerary starts in the Old Town at the colourful Cours Saleya market. Then stroll the famous Promenade des Anglais, explore artists' houses and museums and take a day trip out.



Top 5 French Gift Baskets

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French gift baskets make wonderful gifts, whether the person on your list is a lover of fine gourmet food, French wine or even delectable French chocolates. Here are the best French gift baskets, collections and samplers.



Take a wine tour, visit vineyards and wine...

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One of the best reasons to visit France is the wine. Here is information on the top regions, plus suggestions of tours, sights and routes.



Wander through the street markets of Paris on...

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Paris markets are a way of life. They range from fresh fruit, veg and flowers to antique and flea markets, taking in local produce and artisan items.



You can't miss the Eiffel Tower, one of the...

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The Eiffel Tower is one of the great iconic landmark of Paris. Find out why it's so popular, the pros and cons of visiting it, and practical information.



Paris Travel Guide and City Guide

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Paris, the city of light, is filled with thousands of hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants. Get help focusing on where to stay, where to eat, where to go and more basics before you go to Paris.



Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Clothes...

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Here is the guide to the best-kept Paris shopping secrets. Check out how and where to shop for bargain fashions in Paris.



Guide to Lille in North France

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Lille in north France is an attractive, lively city. It makes a perfect short break if you’re coming from the U.K. on Eurostar or by ferry, and the city is just a couple of hours drive north of Paris, and only one hour by TGV. It has a good selection of restaurants, plenty of excellent accommodation, a lively nightlife, good shopping and many attractions.



Guide to the Cathedral City of Bourges and its...

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The city of Bourges at the southern end of the Loire Valley has a world-famous cathedral, an old quarter at its heart and good restaurants. Plus nearby chateaux, gardens and vineyards.



Where to eat like the locals in good cheap Nice...

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Good, cheap restaurants in Nice. Try this guide to where you can eat great value food just like a local in the old town of Nice.



Don't look like a tourist in France; follow...

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When in France, do as the French as much as you can. Don't fight the French system, embrace the culture and you will look far less like a tourist and enjoy yourself more.



Provence is a top place in 2016 for new hotels,...

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Provence has glorious landscape, medieval hilltop villages, top food and drink, great festivals and events. Here are the main reasons to visit Provence in 2016.



Antibes on the Cote d'Azur is charming, chic...

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Guide to Antibes on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France. It has everything: fortifications, winding streets, a great market, beaches and restaurants.



Guide to lovely Montreuil-sur-Mer on the north...

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Montreuil-sur-Mer is a lovely old town with a luxury hotel, an old citadelle used in World War I and lovely ruins. It makes a great short break from the UK.



Top Car Museums in France

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France's top car museums include the Schlumpf collection, the largest in the world. Check out where to see treasures like Panhards, De Dions, Benzs.



Discover all you need to know about using your...

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Find out how and if you can use your cell phone in France. Plus tips on how to rent a phone in France and buying a SIM Card, all of which will save you money.



10 movies set in France take you from Paris to...

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Here are 10 great movies set in France taking you from Paris to the French Riviera. They span the years and include some real classics.



Visit Renoir's house in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Cote...

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The Impressionist painter, Pierre Auguste Renoir, spent his last years in Cagnes-sur-Mer at Les Collettes, a charming farmhouse, now the Renoir Museum.



France has an astonishing variety of accommodat...

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France has an astonishing range of accommodation from the top Palace hotels (just 16 of them) to family-run bed and breakfasts. Check out the options and choose the one that suits you best.



What Not to do in France to make life easier

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If you've not been to France before, your first trip can seem daunting. Even a regular makes mistakes. Here is a guide to help you through some of the ways of the French.



Nord Pas-de-Calais has great attractions and...

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Nord–Pas-de-Calais includes two departments and borders the English Channel, Belgium and Champagne. Historic attractions and war memories make for a great short break.



World War I Meuse-Argonne American Military...

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The Meuse-Argonne Cemetery in Lorraine is the largest American Military Cemetery in Europe. A huge site in 130 acres, 14,246 soldiers are buried here.



Top attractions in the Loire Valley, one of...

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The Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is rightly popular. The top ten attractions include chateaux, gardens, vineyards, food, wine and cycling the Loire route



The 7 Paris Attractions You Must See on Your Trip

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7 attractions in Paris draw over 30 million visitors yearly. With the hundreds of museums and monuments in the capital, be sure you catch the best spots.



A Guide to Markets in Nice, South of France

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One of Nice's most divine pleasures is wandering the outdoor markets along the Cours Selaya. Find out the hours, details and themes for the various markets throughout Nice.



Where to find Cheap France Hotel Chains and...

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Go for budget over luxury and book a cheap hotel room in France. These international and national chains offer the best deals, even if you are booking late.



Guide to Reims, capital of Champagne

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Reims, the capital of Champagne, makes a great day or overnight trip from Paris. What to see, where to stay, the best places to dine and where to try Champagne.



Carcassonne is a perfect medieval city in...

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Carcassonne is a perfect medieval city. Visit Europe's largest fortified city still standing today and one of France's major tourist draws.



Paris Train Stations Information

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Six major train stations in Paris link to different destinations. Discover which station to travel from, how to get there and links with French cities



Have an Adventure Visiting the Top 10 Chateaux...

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The Loire Valley is a wonderful place to visit, with its chateaux and their gardens and parks the top attraction. From the Middle Ages French nobles and kings built glorious palaces along the river banks.